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a room with glass walls and roof


conservatory = der Wintergarten conservatory = das Konservatorium --- GOOGLE INDEX conservatory: approximately 12,500,000 Google hits



The plants have a pretty lilac coloured flower and need to be kept, standing in half an inch of rainwater, in the CONSERVATORY.

(BBC News)

Under new regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008, adding a CONSERVATORY to your house is considered to be permitted development.


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- a room with a glass roof and walls, attached to a house at one side and used as a sun lounge or for growing delicate plants

- a college for the study of classical music or other arts, typically in the continental European tradition (mainly North American usage)

(Oxford English Dictionary)

The conservatory is a popular method of getting more light into the home in places like "sunny" England. Surrounded by nature, one can enjoy the intimacy of plants and flowers in an indoor setting while being protected against the elements. Or perhaps not all of the elements. A quick search of the BBC News headlines reveals an element of danger:

- Driver crashes into conservatory

- A Lincolnshire woman has been left shocked and frightened after a firework crashed through the roof of her conservatory.

- A pet dog is rescued by firefighters from a conservatory roof in Aberdeen.

- Woman hurt in conservatory fire

- Conservatory stolen from bungalow

Etymology: mid 16th century (denoting something that preserves), from late Latin conservatorium, from conservare 'to preserve'


sunroom, greenhouse

SMUGGLE OWAD into today's conversation

"Let's have a cup of tea in the conservatory."

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